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Squats, Squatters And More Squatting (part 1)

Feb 1, 2008
Anyone who tells you they like squats is either genetically gifted, a masochist or a liar. Whilst the act of squatting is as natural as a form of resting or for defecating, to sink into a low squat and then rise with a rounded spine, lifting a heavy weight which crushes into your neck vertebrae is about as natural as most movie starlets mamory glands. Note I am not saying squats don't work or you should not do them I am just saying for most they are an exercise best gotten over with fast, like having teeth extracted.

One of the all time great squatters would have been the late Paul Anderson who was unofficially crowned the "Worlds Strongest Man". He once said that he must have done thousands of squats while training but that he had detested every single one of them and went on to say that he could no way understand anyone he said the contrary. It is a sad fact that squats hurt but that they are an essential part of any body-building routine.

For the genetically deformed it may even be pleasurable to do knee bends with a barbell across the back of the neck, aching chest and gasping for breath. If you would like to avoid some of the pain then try rolled up towels around the bar and perhaps don't dip quite so low, let's say keep it parallel. You will find it a lot more comfortable and interestingly enough the least suited for this exercise are those who most take up strength training...the skinny guys.

Going back to genetics again, those who are naturally muscular will probably never enter a gym in their lives, but so what if you are naturally gifted. So back to the skinny guys again who really do have the desire to see both muscle and strength gains and who will really keep at it. I don't expect you knew that George Eiferman could carry out 150 consecutive squat reps? - and on one leg!

Now if we are going to take strength training seriously then our schedule must include squats or some form of knee bends. You may come across coaches that are against this form of exercise saying it could lead to hip/knee joint injuries and then there are some of the old boys who claim that their joint problems are a result of heavy squats, such as Grimik who still did squats in his 70's but subsequently required a hip replacement.

Over doing leg wrap while squatting heavy may have negative results on development and strengthening joints. The real purpose of using wraps is to protect but if you over do it, it can lead to weakening of the joints and connective tissues. A competing power lifter may indeed go big on wraps, but there is no doubt that you can lift more with them as well as preventing serious injury.

Development is not the same as power lifting so it would not be advisable to use them. If you have short leg bones which gives better leverage, you could probably squat onto your haunches. As we have mentioned squatting is a natural way to sit, but lifting double our body weight will only put stress on our spinal column and knee joints.

Anyone who can really go so low on squats or squat snatches and then get back up uninjured are most definitely in the minority as it just is not natural. Don't forget that we are talking about heavy squats and we will remain with the same exercise in part 2.
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